Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today's Birds

Wednesday 9/24 --Joe DiCostanzo of the American Museum of Natural History [That's the one we all call The Natural History Museum] posted this report on eBirdsNYC today:
                                 Eastern Phoebe -- photo by David Speiser
Much quieter this morning than yesterday for my regular Wednesday morning AMNH bird walk in the Ramble. The Point seemed to have the most activity of any spot we visited. Highlights below.

Chimney Swift (one or two overhead; less than yesterday)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (4; just watch the Jewelweed patches)
Northern Flicker (a few; nothing like yesterday’s flight)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (along the Gill)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1, The Point)
Eastern Phoebe (1, Upper Lobe)
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse (1, The Point)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1, Maintenance Meadow)
Swainson's Thrush
Brown Thrasher (scattered individuals)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart (including an adult male at the Maintenance Meadow)
Northern Parula (1, The Point)
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler (male at the Point, female by the Upper Lobe)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1, heard at the Point)

Joseph DiCostanzo
Great Gull Island Project - AMNH
CPW at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party

My friend the photographer Murray Head writes:

Hi Marie,

Each year there is an event at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park -- A Celebration of the Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party --  put on by the 
Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center.

I had the honor this year of being invited to tell the story of how a duck family
chose to have and raise their family at The Sail Boat Pond, the body of water right opposite the Hans Christian Andersen Statue. It became the book: "Swim, Duck, Swim!", an allegory for children who might be reluctant to try something new.

The presentation took place this past Saturday, 9/20/14.


There's a New Duck in Town!

... and he was invited to 

"The Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party"

The duckling

Murray Head at the statue, telling the story

   Murray concluding

                                 The book [written by Susan Lurie, with photographs
                                  by Murray Head]